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Review – Timeless March 18, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 5 stars, Paranormal, Steampunk.
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by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?

I was sad to learn that this is the last book of the series, but if ever was there a series to go out with a bang then this one was it! There are surprises in store in the end! I won’t go into them for fear of spoiling the story, but I had a really fun time.

Prudence, Alexia’s child, was adorable and I’m not generally a fan of little people. She was precocious without being bratty. She also had intriguing powers and idiosyncrasies.  It was quite enjoyable just to read about her. I think that Carriger is doing a series about Prudence sometime in the future and that should be fun.

Alexia was her indubitable self, strutting out her irrefutable logic in the face of each crisis at every turn. Even if it was done before I didn’t get tired of reading about it.

Biffy was further developed in this story and how I loved that he was. He was always one of my favorite characters. I won’t go into those developments. I think it’s best I leave those surprises to those who will read the book unsaid.

This was a great read. It had me wondering what on earth was going on and where the story was going. It kept me reading until the late hours of the night, anxious to know what would happen next. It had me laughing. It had my heart in my throat. All in all, a really wonderful book.


Desperately Wanting Wednesday (1) February 29, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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(Desperately Wanting Wednesday is a feature hosted by Parajunkee)

This week’s Desperately Wanting Wednesday is all about the series the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. It’s a Victorian Steampunk Paranormal series about a  heroine who happens to be soulless. You can get the first three books in an omnibus.

I’m desperately wanting the fifth book in the series, Timeless. I’ve been waiting for this book since I finished the fourth book for over four months ago.

There’s a lot to admire in Alexia Tarabotti. She’s not a fainting, simpering, “let’s pretend to be strong but go weak at the knees at the first sight of a handsome man” heroine of the Victorian ages. She’s truly got spunk.

The supporting cast is equally entertaining. From Lord Maccon, the indomitable alpha wereworlf, to Lord Akeldama, the enigmatic and humorous vampire, this series has it all. Humor, adventure, and romance.

Fast forward two years from the last book in the series and Alexia now has a toddler in tow. With her actress friend Ivy Tunstell, she travels by steamer to Egypt.

I look forward to finding out what sorts of mayhem Alexia and her family get into once she arrives. For trouble always arises when Alexia is around!